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HIST 3350: The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: Syllabus

The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, 1881-Present: Louis Fishman

HIST 3350: Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives: To provide students with the necessary historical background of both Israeli and Palestinian history to provide them with the tools to understand the complexity of writing histories of conflicts, and how history and historiography play a major role in conflict resolution.  Furthermore, special attention will be addressed to analyzing primary sources and how to use these sources in our own work.

Downloadable Syllabus

Class Times and Contact Information

Louis Fishman

MW 03:40-04:55PM

Office Hours: By Zoom appointment (Tuesdays and Thursdays)


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Course Schedule


Outcome Assessment

The students’ grade will be assessed according to a two-page review of the early years of the conflict (10%) midterm (25%), a final (25%), an article review (15%), a cultural review (15%) and participation in class discussions (10%).

The classes will be held on Zoom and the use of a camera is highly encouraged; for those, who cannot use a camera, I will request at the end of each class a paragraph summing up the day’s class. This will not be graded and is only done to check participation in class.

Guidelines concerning participation and attendance

Both your attendance and participation will be evaluated and factored into your final grade (20% of the total).  I highly encourage you to participate in class discussions, and I will work to ensure an environment in which all opinions are treated respectfully. 

Missing more than 3 class sessions will cut into your participation grade by 50%, and then into your final grade by 2.5 pts for each absence. For absences related to religious observance, please provide me a two week notice. For issues related to health, please inform me and provide me with the necessary documentation only once you go over your three excused absences. For extreme circumstance, such as personal issues, please inform me as soon as possible so that we can decide on how you can make up what you have missed.

University Policies

University Policy On Academic Integrity:

The faculty and administration of Brooklyn College support an environment free from cheating and plagiarism. Each student is responsible for being aware of what constitutes cheating and plagiarism and for avoiding both.  The complete text of the CUNY Academic Integrity Policy and the Brooklyn

College procedure for implementing that policy can be found at this site:  If a faculty member suspects a violation of academic integrity and, upon investigation, confirms that violation, or if the student admits the violation, the faculty member MUST report the violation.

Center for Disability Services:

In order to receive disability-related academic accommodations students must first be registered with the Center for Student Disability Services. Students who have a documented disability or suspect they may have a disability are invited to set up an appointment with the Director of the Center for Student Disability Services, Ms. Valerie Stewart-Lovell at 718-951-5538. If you have already registered with the Center for Student Disability Services please provide your professor with the course accommodation form and discuss your specific accommodation with him/her.